'GPS 2.0' outline calls for open, hackable, interfaces
The group that created GPS wants it opened up so it's easier for people to compete on its individual components.
Tassie broadband users get June reboot date
The end is in sight for Tasmania's long-running submarine cable saga, with Basslink announcing its cables should return to service in June.
US-CERT advice says kill Quicktime for Windows, quickly
US-CERT has echoed The Register's advice to the effect that if you're running Quicktime for Windows, it's time to delete it. Right now.
Oracle plans Exadata-as-a-service, in cloud or on-prem
Oracle is preparing an on-premises version of its new Exadata cloud service.
CEO meeting fails to resolve Oracle-versus-Google java case
An epic six-hour meeting between Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Oracle CEO Safra Catz has failed to make a Big Red Java Chocolate Factory, so the two companies will head to court for their retrial.
Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'
Steve Wozniak has decreed that today's crop of wearables just aren't that useful – even Apple's own Watch.
UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate
UK hosting and domains provider 123-Reg has been struck by a weekend TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) that knocked an unspecified number of VPS (virtual private server) customers offline.
Sierra Wireless manager spaffs logs to World+Dog
Sierra Wireless has disclosed a bug in its ACEmanager application that manages its wireless kit, but carelessly leaves log files lying around for anyone to see.
Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey
If the United Kingdom chooses to leave the European Union – a so-called “Brexit” - Europe's information technology industries would not bat an eyelid and IT spending in the sceptred isles would only experience a “mildly negative” dip.
UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'
The United Kingdom's Metropolitan Police and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are both investigating an apparent collision between a drone and a passenger aircraft.
Belgian boffins breed 'digital canaries' to test your random numbers
Belgian boffins have proposed adding what they call “Canary Numbers” to random number generators (RNGs), in the hope and expectation they will fall off the twig if something goes wrong.
Chrome add-ons just became less scary, security-wise
Google has tightened the rules for admission to the Chrome Web Store, the online bazaar for add-ons to its browser.
The thing about reality: It's really... persistent
StorageBodI see quite a few posts about this storage or that storage ... how it is going to change everything or has changed everything. And yet, I see little real evidence that storage usage is really changing for many. So why is this?
What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?
AnalysisRight now MailOnline parent the Daily Mail Group is worth at most £2.5bn, and the few content assets that Yahoo! is supposed to be selling, are already worth way more than that. But the issues go deeper.
5G is looming, but network innovations are needed far more urgently
In all the excitement about 5G, it is easy to forget that the most intensive innovations of 2016-2020 will go on in "4.5G" – in Release 13 and 14, of course, but more importantly in the way the carriers and their vendors reinvent their cellular networks with new approaches like virtualization and HetNet, in the desperate bid to keep up with capacity, coverage and efficiency demands.
Teradata launches mutant cloud, hopes IoT megabucks start flowing
Data warehouse business Teradata is to focus more on hybrid cloud services, as the company continues to try to deal with declining sales revenue while praying for an IoT tsunami of cash.
NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock
A New Zealand couple had the honour of celebrating the world's first Pastafarian wedding on Saturday, when Ministeroni Karen Martyn joined Marianna Fenn and Toby Ricketts in noodly wedlock.
How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?
HPC blogI jumped at the chance to interview supercomputing pioneer Bo Ewald and quantum computing whiz kid Murray Thom a few months ago. Although it's been in my “vault of lost content” for a while, the video serves as a good primer for quantum computing and its promise.
HMRC Verify is '2nd class'
HMRC's new Personal Tax portal won't work fully with new ID system Verify.
Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes
The fall-out continues from hosting service 123-reg's major weekend cockup, which knocked several customers offline – with several telling us the error has effectively deleted their businesses.
Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones
More than one in five 18-24 year olds (21 per cent) store PINs for credit or debit cards on their smartphones, tablets or laptops, according to research conducted by Equifax in conjunction with Gorkana.
Obama to admit Moon landing was faked?
Bookie Paddy Power has conceded it seriously underestimated Leicester City's chances of winning the Premier League, rating that laughable prospect when the season kicked off as less likely than Obama admitting the Moon landing was faked.
Dell slips Scality's RING onto its OEM finger
Dell has upgraded its nine month old Scality reselling deal, offering the SD7000-S file and object storage server running OEM'd Scality RING software.
Academic network Janet clobbered with DDoS attacks – again
Blighty's government-funded educational network Janet has once again been hit by a cyber attack, with a fresh wave of DDoS attacks launched against the network this morning.
Gartner's broken out its crystal ball again. Huawei's object storage bods won't be happy
CommentGartner's gurus have ranked the top twelve object storage suppliers in a Critical Capabilities report, with Cleversafe at the top and Huawei last.
Cambridge Uni spins up green and beefy supercomputer project
Cambridge University is leading a £2.7m project building energy efficient, high-performance supercomputers.
NASA spools up ultra-high def aurora movie
NASA has released an illuminating ultra-high definition video featuring the Auroras Borealis and Australis as seen from the International Space Station.
Ah, so that's why Adapt wasn't put in the shop window in 2015
The reason why Lyceum-backed Adapt remains Lyceum-backed is contained in their latest set of annual profit and loss accounts - company growth stalled and so a sales process was halted.
US poised to unleash stadium-sized sandwich bag
NASA's long-duration super pressure balloon (SPB) mission looks to be set for launch tomorrow morning from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, now that "forecast surface and low-level winds are aligned", as the space agency puts it.
Hey, Britain! Meet Mr Maxwell, our new National Tech Advisor
The government's chief technology officer, Liam Maxwell, is escaping the Digital Services wing to take up the newly created post of National Technology Advisor.
Here, let me FXT that for you: Avere's baby NAS gear gets an upgrade
NAS accelerator and cloud storage gateway shop Avere has finished rolling out its FXT 5000 series refresh: its entry-level 3200 has been upgraded to the 5200 with boosted performance and capacity.
Gridstore boss George Symons ejects, leaves hyper-upstart headless
Gridstore CEO George Symons left the company in February after almost three years at the helm, with no successor appointed.
Google's 'fair use' mass slurping of books can continue – US Supremes snub writers' pleas
American authors have failed to persuade the US Supreme Court to hear issues raised by the Google book-scanning case.
MIT boffins build AI bot that spots '85 per cent' of hacker invasions
Eggheads at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) claim they have trained a machine-learning system to detect 85 per cent of network attacks.
Killer Japan quake jolts Sony factories to a halt
Sony says that it will be resuming production at several of its largest Japan manufacturing facilities following a series of devastating earthquakes in the region, though some other factories remain offline.
Translated: BlackBerry CEO John Chen on cops-snooping-on-BBM
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has responded to last week's reheated news that police can pull text messages from BlackBerry handsets.
Big Content seeks to ban Kickass Torrents from Australia
Australia's music industry wants Kickass Torrents blocked by local internet service providers.
Could you deploy a new version of your business – EVERY WEEK?
PROMOING Bank can deploy a new version of its systems ever week, agility that's a result of investments it's made in storage infrastructure from NetApp and plenty of hard work developing a DevOps culture.
US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)
America's flagship news program 60 Minutes has demonstrated how to "hack" a US congressman's smartphone. One little thing to bear in mind about this incredible scoop: the vulnerability has been in circulation since 2014 ... and it requires high-level access to global phone networks.